Slow Down Children Crossing No Speeding

  • Final design
  • Neighborhood Walk.
  • Hands-on design.
  • : Learning different form of visual presentation.
  • See what these brilliant minds came up with!!

Project Description

From November 2013 to January 2014, 4th grade students at PS 155 in Manhattan worked to tackle the issue pedestrian safety within their “safe school zone,” all with the help and guidance of Groundswell. The students noticed the disregard of speed limit in and around their neighborhood and school and saw how it was directly endangering students. This inspired the students to create a street sign for the Department of Transportation in an effort to keep the safe zone safe. By using symbols of families, crossing guards and cars obeying traffic, the students hope to communicate their hopes for the future of their neighborhood. Through the use of phrases such as “Slow Down,” “Children Crossing” and “No Speeding,” the students hope to bring attention to the specific problems they want to address, and hope that as a result, drivers will obey the speed limits.
The creation of this sign joins a series of projects which are part of a partnership between Groundswell and the Department of Transportation. The goal of this partnership is to improve the safety of neighborhoods throughout New York City by collaborating with youth to create new street signs that better engage the community and bring attention to safety issues.

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Project Info

Location: 319 East 117 St. New York, NY 10035
Safety Sign Initiative

Livable Streets


New York City Department of Transportation

Lead Artist(s):
Olivia Fu



Thirty-two 4th grade students
Printed Metal Sign

Dimensions: 30" Diameter

Fun Facts

Suggested Activity
Brainstorm what other elements and visual symbols can also be added to further the message of the sign?
Suggested Activity
Walk around your neighborhood. Identify the locations that might be suitable for this signage.
Question about the Mural
What famous bridge is depicted in the background of the sign?